Allina Health’s Buffalo Hospital awarded 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

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BUFFALO, Minn. (May 17, 2021) — Allina Health’s Buffalo Hospital has been awarded the highest quality rating, five stars, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Only 13 hospitals in Minnesota, and 455 in the U.S., earned five-star ratings. Allina Health’s Owatonna and Mercy Hospitals also received 5 star ratings from CMS.

“It is an honor to be recognized by CMS with a 5 star rating for our long-standing dedication to providing the highest quality of care,” said Kelly Spratt, president of Buffalo Hospital and Cambridge Medical Center. “We are extremely proud of our care teams and this award is a testament to their commitment to continue delivering compassionate, Whole Person Care to the communities we serve.”

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System as an evidence-based evaluation reflecting a hospital’s standard of care. The CMS overall hospital rating is based on measured data publicly reported on CMS’ Care Compare tool. It summarizes measures across five aspects of quality, including patient experience and effectiveness of care into a single star rating for each hospital. The hospital rating shows how well each hospital performed on average compared to other hospitals in the U.S. in treating common conditions.

The rating system is based on 48 quality measures in 5 categories:

  • Mortality
  • Patient experience
  • Readmissions
  • Safety of care
  • Timeliness of care

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.